Gov. Jared Polis extended the state’s disaster emergency order Sunday for another month over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Polis issued the first disaster emergency order verbally on March 10 and in writing on March 11. Sunday’s executive order, D2020 290, extends the disaster declaration for an additional 30 days.
Colorado seemed to avoid the national surge in COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving, but it will be weeks before the impact of Christmas, and then the New Year, are known.
With the extension of the disaster order, additional funds will continue to be provided for COVID-19 response activities.
Polis also continued the employment of the Colorado National Guard Sunday to provide support and planning resources for local authorities during the pandemic.
Currently, 34 of Colorado’s 64 counties are under Level Red COVID-19 restrictions, the second-most severe response level triggered by the highest rates of new COVID-19 cases and positivity percentages.
Officials estimate that one in 40 people in Colorado are contagious with COVID-19.
Over 310,000 Coloradans have tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in at least 3,605 deaths due to the virus, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.